QUICKIE NEWSLETTER 2 page 1
- Category: QAC Newsletters
- Published: Wednesday, 14 June 2006 00:06
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QUICKIE WINS EAA OUTSTANDING NEW DESIGN AWARD
..... On 4 August 1978 the Quickie received the coveted Outstanding New Design Award from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at the annual EAA Oshkosh Wisconsin Fly-in. In presenting Quickie Aircraft Corporation with the award, they stated that our pioneering of the Onan engine together with an exceptionally efficient aircraft design in order to bring the cost of ownership and the cost of flying down to an affordable level represented a significant breakthrough. Full details of the presentation will be in the October issue of Sport Aviation the EAA's official magazine.
..... The awards ceremony on Friday night capped off a very exciting week for us. Other notable items that occurred during the week included: interviews on local radio and TV stations as far away as Green Bay and Milwaukee; feature articles in most of the local newspapers; flight demonstratÂ¬ions by several different pilots throughÂ¬out the week to showoff the Quickie's unique capabilities; and even a mention of us by Paul Harvey on his national radio program.
.....To give you an idea of the size of the Fly-in. over 350,000 people and over 1,500 homebuilt and antique aircraft showed up.
QUICKIE FLIES TO OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN FROM MOJAVE, CALIFORNIA
.....The Quickie is the lightest and lowest horsepower aircraft to fly to Oshkosh. As we have reiterated to visitors many times, we firmly believe that any aircraft which is not flown cross country to Oshkosh should not be offered for sale to the general pubÂ¬lic as an aircraft.
.....Our trip was spread over 2 1/2 days, with overnight stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kansas City, Missouri. The 2025 miles was covered in about 19 hours (against the proverbial headwinds.) while averaging 65.1 miles per gallon, also a record. That means that the trip cost us about $30 in gas and one quart of oil: The takeoff from Albuquerque was made at a density altitude of 7.000 feet. The highest altitude reached was 13,500 feet west of Gallup. New Mexico. The normal cruise alÂ¬titude was 7-8.000 feet.
.....The trip was both routine and uneventful. Our biggest problem was minimizing the time spent on the ground when we stopped for gas. Usually we had to spend at least 30 minutes talking to the crowd that invariably gathered: In Dalhart. TK, we had to wait an additional 30 minutes so that the line girl could go home and get her camera.
.....For a companion aircraft, we took along a Grumman Trainer. We had originally intended to use a Cessna 150 for the flight, but found that it wouldn't keep up with the Quickie: The Grumman is about 5 knots faster than the Quickie and made a good companion aircraft.
.....We arrived at Oshkosh two days before the fly-in started so we could relax and take a short vacation. Wishful thinking; from the time we touched down until we left, we were surrounded by people wanting to see the aircraft and ask questions.